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Var (Department, France)

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[Flag of the General Council]

Flag of the General Council of Var - Image by Ivan Sache, 25 October 2009

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Administrative data

Code: 83
Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur
Traditional province: Provence
Bordering departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône

Area: 5,973 km2
Population (1995): 985,099 inhabitants

Préfecture: Toulon (from 1797 to 1974, Draguignan)
Sous-préfectures: Brignoles, Draguignan
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 43 cantons, 153 communes.

The department is named after river Var (120 km). When the department of Alpes-Maritimes was created in 1860, the arrondissement of Grasse was transferred from Var to Alpes-Maritimes. This is the reason why the river Var does not water the department of Var. A proposal to rename the department after another river, the Argens, has been rejected.

Ivan Sache, 14 November 2009

Flag of the General Council

The flag of the General Council of Var is white with the logo of the General Council.
The logo of the General Council of Var is made of a rectangular cartouche framed in blue, filled in its left part by a map of the department in orange, the sea being represented in blue and the neighbouring departments in grey-green, and in its right part by the word "VAR" in blue letters. Below the cartouche is the writing "CONSEIL / GÉNéRAL" in blg black letters.

Ivan Sache, 25 October 2009

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Var

[Flag of CCI Var]

Former flag of CCI Var - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 November 2009

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) du Var was created in 1833. Divided in five agencies (Brignoles, Draguignan, Hyères, Gulf of Saint-Tropez, Saint-Raphaël-Fr&ecute;jus), CCI Var manages the international airport of Toulon-Hyères - serving Brest and Paris (France), Bristol and London (United Kingdom), Brussels (Belgium) and Stockholm (Sweden) -, the port of commerce of Toulon and several marinas.

The flag of CCI Var, as seen hoisted in the port of Porquerolles in December 2003, on the island of the same name, is divided blue-red by the ascending diagonal, with the emblem of CCI Var in the middle.
The emblem of CCI Var is the classic CCI hexagon with the blue and red sectors emerging from a white disk decentered to the lower right part of the hexagon, charged with "VAR" in blue letters.
This flag must be obsolete since CCI Var uses now a more modern emblem.

Ivan Sache, 23 November 2009